The orphanage

The orphanage

DVD - 2008 | Spanish
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Laura decides to purchase her beloved childhood orphanage with dreams of restoring and reopening the long abandoned facility as a place for disabled children. The new environment awakens the imagination of Laura's son. His ongoing fantasy games played with an invisible friend quickly turn into something more disturbing. Upon seeing her family increasingly threatened by the strange occurrences in the house, Laura looks to a group of parapsychologists for help in unraveling the mystery that has taken over the place.

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Almost unbearable Gothic tension, with very little bloodshed. From Hamilton-friendly director Guillermo del Toro.


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sdiblasio
Jul 29, 2017

The 'orphanage' looks a lot like the place I was taken in the late 1950's. I was abducted from my home in Texas, turned over to someone who proceeded to beat me in the face and starve me to death. My abductor bragged about altering my birth certificate and it was used to traffick me to South America twice and Iran once. There were other children at the 'orphanage' in Cochabamba, Bolivia. They spoke different languages, had fear in their eyes and seemed confused. I heard screams in the movie, "They are experimenting on us!"--with no face to match. As though it was a haunting parallel universe that we could only know. The rest of the world could not handle the truth. The reality they have accepted is that everything is done for the good of the whole. In reality, we were just a continuation of the experiments conducted during the holocaust. Bluebird, MK Ultra, Polio vaccines and TB treatments to name a few. Orphans were not cared for like the good book says, they were exploited for reasons beyond to a realm i call evil. These children are haunting, I am haunted and you will be haunted. Phase I experiments continue. Whose child will be next? More about this at Yahoo Group-Peuple

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gardenhappymama
Feb 17, 2017

Well thought out story, spooky, and had a surprise ending.

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joywolf83
Jan 29, 2016

Excellent, high suspense film. The lead female steals the show. You feel her joy, fright, desperation in whichever scene she has. It has a quiet build up with subtle layers. Personally I perfer movies with more dialogue. However if you enjoy sitting there and having a movie wash over you with the music and atmosphere: you will love it! Not the traditional scary, horror movie; its more dramatic with high creep factor.

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JackamoJames
Jul 07, 2015

Very well done. American Studios take note.

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Nursebob
Jan 31, 2015

Juan Bayona presents us with a ghost story that challenges our sense of reality by blurring the line between objective truth and subjective experience. Thirty years after being adopted from the “Good Shepherd Orphanage”, Laura Sanchez returns with her husband Carlos and young son Simon. She intends to buy the mouldering old building, long since abandoned, and turn it into a group home for children with special needs. One day however, after exploring a seaside cave, Simon claims to have met a new friend hiding in the shadows. This is hardly surprising as the overly inventive child already has two imaginary playmates; but when he invites “Tomas” home with him things start going bump in the night, doors mysteriously slam shut, and Simon ultimately disappears without a trace. Bayona realizes that children and adults inhabit very different realities and that adults will often indulge a child’s magical view of the world with little white lies and fanciful stories designed to shield them from some of life’s harsher lessons. But sometimes make-believe can backfire and an innocent game can develop ominous overtones... This film packs some very well-placed jolts aided by creepy camerawork and unsettling sound effects. It has an air of gothic horror about it that is truly chilling. Regrettably, Bayona asks us to take some pretty large leaps of faith: an elaborate game of dress-up towards the end seems like overkill; a scene involving psychic researchers recalls the excesses of Poltergeist ; and the dark secret at the heart of the film, involving a myopic nanny and sinister flour sacks, has too many holes in it to be effective. All the clues do add up in the end, but the Peter Pan finale left me feeling vaguely cheated.

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Dean_Statham
Jan 16, 2015

This movie is in my top five horror movies. It's brilliant and lovely.

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Boobychuk
Jan 16, 2015

Brilliant slow-burn horror film produced by del Toro. Well worth a look if you enjoy quality film making.

aaa5756 Aug 08, 2014

Nothing new in this movie as far as special effects that we haven’t seen 1000 times before. The movie was very cheaply made cheaply acted also in other words, it was a dumb movie.

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jwilson01
Aug 04, 2014

Loved this movie! One of those movies with a great twist to the end and it's bitter sweet. Creepy but not so much it overtakes the plot.

Monuu Aug 01, 2014

Not scary or entertaining.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Jul 27, 2012

Fuzzy_Wuzzy thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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aaa5756 Aug 08, 2014

One word can sum up this movie DUMB.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Jul 27, 2012

"Do you think it's as easy as finding an exorcist in the yellow pages?"

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